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pierceverb

uk   /pɪəs/  us   /pɪrs/
[I + adv/prep, T] to go into or through something, making a hole in it using a sharp point: The needle pierces the fabric four times a second. I couldn't wear these earrings because my ears aren't pierced. The gun fires a shell capable of piercing the armour of an enemy tank. The hole they drilled pierces six kilometres into the earth's crust.
[T] (of a light, sound, etc.) to suddenly be seen or heard, despite darkness, noise, etc.: A few rays of sunlight pierced the smoke.
(Definition of pierce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pierceverb [T]

 us   /pɪərs/
to go in or through something, esp. with a pointed object, making a hole: Pierce the potatoes with a fork to see if they’re done. She got her ears pierced.
(Definition of pierce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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